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Colonial Wars, 1689–1762, The Chicago History of American Civilization

A fascinating look at over seventy years of fighting in the American colonies—as France, England, and Spain tried to stake their claims in the New World.

Although the colonial wars consisted of almost continuous raids and skirmishes between the English and French colonists and their Indian allies and enemies, they can be separated into four major conflicts, corresponding to four European wars of which they were, in varying degrees, a part: King William's War (1689-97) (War of the League of Augsburg); Queen Anne's War (1702-13) (War of the Spanish Succession); King George's War (1744-48) (War of the Austrian Succession); and The French and Indian War (1755-62) (Seven Years' War).

This book chronicles the events of these wars, summarizing the struggle for empire in America among France, England, and Spain. He indicates how the colonists applied the experience they gained from fighting Indians to their engagements with European powers. And what they learned from the colonial wars, they translated into a political philosophy that led to independence and self-government.

Howard H. Peckham

Howard H. Peckham is now retired from the University of Michigan where he was professor of history and director of the Clements Library.

The University of Chicago Press